City of Alexandria, VA
The Alexandria Fire Department's Professional Development Center (PDC), located at 1108 Jefferson Street, provides specialized training and education programs to members of the Fire Department. The Center’s programs are conducted in the classroom environment, as well as in the practical setting. One of the Center’s vocational learning tools includes a specialized Burn Building, located at 805 South Payne Street, which provides live fire training opportunities to Department personnel.
The PDC’s staff consists of the Chief Learning Officer (Battalion Chief), Suppression Training Officer (Fire Lieutenant), Emergency Medical Services Training Officer (EMS Supervisor), and a Training Assistant.
The Professional Development Center’s primary responsibilities include:
Medic/Emergency Rescue Technician I
Successful completion of recruit school
Medic/Emergency Rescue Technician II
Medic/Emergency Rescue Technician III
Same as Firefighter I with addition:
Two years experience with Alexandria Fire Department as a FF-I
Firefighter II/ Hazardous Material Team
Firefighter II/ Technical Rescue
Emergency Rescue Technicians II & III are required to obtain seventy-five hours of continuing medical training in a two year period to maintain their certification. Quarterly drills are arranged by the EMS Training Coordinator.